Courses for Students Completing Fifth Grade

 

The Art of Persuasion
Let your voice be heard! In this course we will work to develop our thoughts and ideas about the topics that matter most to you. We will learn to craft compelling arguments that can really make a difference, in the forms of persuasive essays, letters to the editor, debate, and more! Each day, we will practice writing in both formal and informal styles, critique writing samples, and work towards three published pieces for our class book. We will practice the various stages of the writing process as we pre-write, draft, revise, and edit our arguments, both with our peers and by ourselves. By the end of the three weeks, you’ll be amazed at how sophisticated and convincing your writing and speaking can be!
Homework per class meeting: Up to 30 minutes per day
Tuition: $570 · Materials fees: $80 · Total: $650  
ED3451
M T W T F
8:30 AM – 12:00 PM Jessica Dell’Era
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ED3452
M T W T F
1:00 PM – 4:30 PM Jessica Dell’Era
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Lab Chemistry
In this lab science course, we will observe chemical and physical changes, examine the properties of substances, hypothesize and investigate experimental outcomes, do independent research on elements of our choice, and utilize laboratory journals to record notes and observations. Students will develop their observation and analytical skills by experimentally discovering the amount of oxygen in air, testing gases for specific properties, making polymers, growing crystals, testing toothpaste for desirable properties, and performing a forensics experiment to determine the identity of various substances. Using freezing point depression, students will make ice cream and understand the chemistry behind it. As a culminating activity, students plan and perform a chemistry “magic” show.
Homework per class meeting: Up to 30 minutes per day
Tuition: $570 · Materials fees: $130 · Total: $700  
ED3453
M T W T F
8:30 AM – 12:00 PM Gene Csider & Megan Gerdts
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ED3454
M T W T F
1:00 PM – 4:30 PM Gene Csider & Megan Gerdts
Closed

 

Creating Music, Movies & Games with Computers
In this course, we will create pictures, animations, music, and interactive games. That’s a lot to accomplish, so instead of starting with markers and paint, we will be using a computer to help out. Much like the animators and computer programmers do at Pixar, you will learn to create pictures, animations, and music on the computer. You can even use these skills to make your own game on the computer! You will take all of your projects home on a USB drive so that you can easily show your friends and family. The software that we will use, Scratch, is free, so you can continue your projects after the class. The course is designed for students without programming experience, and students with fewer than 20 hours of Scratch experience are encouraged to enroll. The curriculum is based upon the new introductory programming course offered at UC Berkeley and covers fundamental topics in computer programming, such as variables, looping, conditionals, and method calls. Note: With parental permission, some students may be videotaped.
Homework per class meeting: Up to 30 minutes per day
Tuition: $570 · Materials fees: $80 · Total: $650  
ED3455
M T W T F
8:30 AM – 12:00 PM Colleen Lewis & Miesha Willis
Closed
ED3456
M T W T F
1:00 PM – 4:30 PM Colleen Lewis & Miesha Willis
Closed

 

The Physics of Motion and Force
We will learn about Physics by exploring Newton’s Three Laws of Motion and see them in action in hands-on experiments and projects. Course highlights will include: the effects of constant acceleration, culminating with students shooting marshmallows from paper blowguns, friction and the construction of a hovercraft large enough to ride on, Newton’s Third Law as exemplified by vinegar and baking soda powered rocket cars and, of course, lots of flying marbles.
Homework per class meeting: Up to 30 minutes per day
Tuition: $570 · Materials fees: $130 · Total: $700  
ED3457
M T W T F
8:30 AM – 12:00 PM Dann Bearson & Dana Ozer
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ED3458
M T W T F
1:00 PM – 4:30 PM Dann Bearson & Dana Ozer
Closed

 

Exceptionally well-prepared fifth graders may also apply for course ED3463 or ED3464: Extra-Terrestrial Trigonometry.